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Royal Ontario Museum

A dramatic extension to a national landmark

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of the largest museums in North America, attracting over one million visitors every year. Opened in 1914, it contains over six million items of world culture and natural history in 40 galleries, and it is also Canada’s largest field-research institution.

The ROM Renaissance project provided a dramatic addition to the existing museum, with a new wing of intersecting crystal forms connected to the original structure. The sloped crystalline walls provide vertical supports for the floors, extending upwards to form roof elements. The project also involved renovating ten galleries in the existing heritage building.  

Our team provided structural engineering services (in partnership with ARUP) for the new elements and the interface with the existing buildings. This included providing engineering advice to the architect teams regarding the detailing of the sloped walls. We also provided restoration consulting for the existing heritage building, including design advice for air/vapour barrier sealing at the exterior walls. We worked with the heritage architect to detail new interior ‘sull sash’ windows that were installed inside the restored original windows. Computer modelling was used to recommend upgrades that would increase condensation resistance of the walls and windows.

Client Royal Ontario Museum
Architect Studio Daniel Libeskind, and B+H Architects
Status                        
Completed in 2007
Our Services Structural engineering